Jonathan Waxman is a native Californian whose family nurtured him in the food arts from an early age. He received the Grand Diplôme from La Varenne School in Paris and mentored with Alice Waters at Berkeley's legendary Chez Panisse before graduating to Executive Chef of Michael's in Santa Monica. In 1984 Jonathan made his mark in New York with the iconic Jams, which he followed up with a string of successes in New York, London, and Napa Valley. Today, Jonathan is chef and owner of Barbuto in Manhattan's West Village and Jams in 1 Hotels Central Park. In 2014, he opened Nashville restaurants, Adele's and Bajo Sexto, with partners Howard Greenstone and Ken Levitan. Brezza Cucina, Jonathan's most recent venture, opened in Atlanta's Ponce City Market in fall 2015. Jonathan appeared on two seasons of Top Chef Masters on Bravo and is the author of A Great American Cook and Italian, My Way. He is a founding partner of Nashville's Music City Food + Wine Festival and works closely with many charities, including Citymeals-on-Wheels and Alex's Lemonade Stand. Jonathan currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.